Newark Arts Education Roundtable


In 2009, the arts education community of Newark, along with the Newark Arts Council, Victoria, Prudential and Dodge Foundations began meeting in earnest to identify ways to impact the declining access Newark children had to arts education. The Newark Arts Education Roundtable was borne out of this collective planning process, with the goal of developing a Newark where all children receive high-quality, sequential instruction in all arts forms through both discipline-specific and integrated opportunities, provided by certified school-based practitioners as well as arts organization partners, both in and out of school. The group also collectively envisioned a city where the arts and creativity are valued for their essential roles in our lives and in developing our community and our economy.

The NAER membership network includes individuals and organizations of all sizes whose staff members participate in both full membership meetings and smaller committee meetings. Growing steadily, with 89+ arts education stakeholders, including public, charter, and private schools as well as parents, arts and cultural organizations, youth and community development entities, businesses, and state and local government agencies. We’ve recently welcomed the Newark Chess Club, All Stars Project, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation as new members.

Read our Strategic Plan

Developed October 2009-June 2010

Read our By-Laws

dated 10/2015

What We Stand For


2018: Newark School Board Candidate Survey Results

In 2018, for the third consecutive year, The NAER, along with Newark Trust for Education and The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, as part of the ArtsEdNow campaign, invited all of the Newark school board candidates the opportunity to share their views about arts education with voters in their district as a public service. Please see six respondents’ full surveys below. – (*And see full state results and more here.)

Denise Cole

Johnnie Lattner

Yolanda Johnson

Dawn Haynes

Kahlil Hannah

Jameel Ibrahim


Professional Development

2017-2018: ArtsPeak

Newark Museum_3_10With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, NAER members have the opportunity to visit one another’s teaching programs on-site.

WHY? In an effort to cultivate better and more mutual understanding of our respective institutions, develop community, cross-promote, open doors, and learn from one another’s common challenges and successes.

HOW DO I HOST A VISIT BY NAER MEMBERS? Simply fill out this form!

ArtsPeak Intervisitation Host Sign-Up

Sign-up to be a host site for ArtsPeak 2016! Host small groups of NAER Members to observe one of your regularly scheduled arts education programs this fall and winter, in the name of professional development and friendly networking.
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HOW DO I VISIT A PROGRAM? Select ‘Site Visits’ from the Events tab to see a full schedule of available site visits.

Strategic Communications Plan RFP Due February 23!


The Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER) is accepting proposals to develop a comprehensive communications strategy that positions the organization as a leader in the arts community, while leveraging digital platforms to engage current and potential members. Click here to apply.





2017-2018: Evaluation Workshops


In partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, NAER launched an evaluation workshop series called The Art of Evaluation, designed to strengthen organizational and personal evaluative practices.

WHY? In order to help members develop organizational knowledge and sustainable evaluation capacity  to build a common tool, useful to measure our collective impact in Newark.

HOW? Through a series of cumulative workshops:


Session I: Data Update and Refresh of Protocols Agenda

September 22, 2017 – 12:30-2:30PM

Arts Education Center @ NJPAC, 24 Rector Street, Room B07,  Newark, NJ 07102

Participants in this evaluation session will receive an update on the data collected so far, as an opportunity to see the value of their work and to more deeply engage missing stakeholders. There will also be a review of pre-survey implementation protocols to help participants as they begin their fall programs.


Helpdesk Session 1

October 24, 2017- 12:30-2:30PM


Helpdesk Session 2

November 8, 2017 – 9:30AM – 2:30PM


Session II: Advocacy: Using data to Tell your Story AND Getting the Most out of Survey Monkey

December 11, 2017 – 9:30AM-2PM

Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 

In this joint advocacy and evaluation session, participants will go over advocacy theory and best practices with facilitator Ennis Carter, of Social Impact Studios. She will review what advocacy is how we can connect and leverage vision with data and share tools. Later, Dr. Deborah E. Ward will share how to get the most out of SurveyMonkey by reviewing running reports and analyzing data.


Helpdesk Session 3

Monday, Feb 5th 12:30-1:30pm

You know the drill, this is your opportunity to call in with your evaluation, survey monkey, protocol, life questions or just listen in.

Email to participate.


Session III: Overview for Arts Education Dashboard

Friday, February 23rd 11:30am – 12:30PM

Are you familiar with the Dodge Foundation’s Arts Education Dashboard? Need a refresher? This free webinar is for you:

The Dashboard is a tool to map the creativity nonprofits bring to NJ schools and make the case for arts education in our state and beyond. But it takes all of you to map this work accurately. During this webinar, we will walk you through the dashboard basics, use program examples to take the dashboard “out for a spin,” and answer any of your questions on how to use the tool for your organization and participate in the NAER data collection project. Pre-registration is required here.


Session IV: Making the Arts Education Dashboard Work For You: Report Running & Dashboard Help Desk 

Monday, February 26th  12:00- 1:00pm

How can you mine all the great data you inputted into the Arts Education Dashboard?

Learn to use the reporting features of the Arts Ed Data Dashboard. During this webinar, we will walk you through how best to use the reporting features of the Data Dashboard for your internal assessment purposes. Additionally, as a NAER member, you can make sure that you have represented the full scope of your work as part of the Newark wide reporting. There will be time to ask your questions about how to interpret and analyze the data and even refine your data collection practices. Pre-registration is required here.


Session V: Introduction to Focus Groups and Observations

Monday, March 5th 1pm – 3:30pm, Newark School of the Arts, 89 Lincoln Park

There are many tools to evaluate programs, surveying is just one. Join us in this introduction to focus groups and observations, strategies to supplement surveying. Please email and let us know if you have had experience with focus groups or observations.


Session VI: Advocacy: Using Data to Tell your Story – Part II with special guest Ennis Carter

Monday, April 9th 9:30am – 1pm, Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street

We scratched the surface on this topic at the last workshop. In this session, we will discuss a city-wide advocacy platform that has a clear call to action with specific tangible goals that could be articulated in public-facing identity/messaging.  We will also work to connect that platform to your own individual organizations. Please email to participate.


Session VII: Focus Groups Part 2

Friday, May 4th 9:30am – 12:30pm, Newark School of the Arts, 89 Lincoln Park

Join us in this continuing discussion on focus groups and observations, as strategies to supplement surveying. Please email to participate.


Session VII: Analyzing Your Data 

Monday, June 11th 10-1pm

What do you do with all this data? Bring your laptop and find out how to examine and mine all the great information you have captured. You must have your data inputted into survey monkey for this session!



NAER partners with Newark Public Schools’ Office of Expanded Learning Time to bring Newark students enriching and fun arts opportunities, ranging from musical theater to puppetry to mosaic-creating and much more! Newark students can register for SummerPlus 2018 until May 4th at:

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